"I reported to Oakland, CA, on Veterans Day, 1968. After a day or two of processing, they put me on an airplane bound for South Vietnam. I didn't really know what to expect at the end of the flight. I wondered if I would have to low-crawl off the plane during an enemy attack.

"I wondered about a lot of other things, too. It might have been easier if they told us more facts during our training. After I arrived in Vietnam, the Army put me on an airplane with a camouflage paint job and flew me to Bien Hoa, near Saigon, to Camp Evans, in the northern part of South Vietnam. Camp Evans, about 20 miles north of Hue and maybe 40 miles from North Vietnam, was the main base camp of the 101st Airborne Division. I was assigned Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry."

This excerpt from "Letter from Hamburger Hill" written by Gary Cullum, Specialist 4, provides insight into the war and military experiences of Toledo area veterans who served in Iraq, Korea, Vietnam and WWII.

The book, In Our Boots, grew out of a series of Veteran's Writing Workshops hosted conjointly by Lourdes University Professor Holly Baumgartner, PhD and Amy Hartman, Adult Services Librarian at the Sylvania Branch Library. "The enthusiasm from the first workshop was so significant that we ended up hosting a second workshop the following year," shares Amy.

Dr. Baumgartner and Amy have submitted their book to the Veteran's History Project at the Library of Congress and are awaiting word if it will be included as one of the many wonderful pieces available to the public.

In Our Boots is available at Lourdes' Duns Scotus Library and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library's Main and Sylvania branches.